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On Saturday 8th February 2020 five members of VERA, accompanied by Maurice Curran from Volk’s Electric Railway, attended the Heritage Railway Association’s Annual Awards Event at the Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.  Having previously been notified that VERA had been shortlisted for an award, we considered that to be an accolade in itself and had no expectations when we sat down to dinner in the evening. 
VERA was one of five nominations for the ‘Large Groups’ award. They were the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Talyllyn Railway, Isle of Wight Steam Railway and Llangollen Railway. Some of the work that these organisations had carried out over the past year were, quite simply, breathtaking.  For example, Ffestiniog had spent £3 million on building 25 new carriages including 4 Pullman Observation Cars, whilst the Isle of Wight Steam Railway had laid in a Telegraph Pole route carrying wires for use on a ‘new’ communication system. ‘Competition’ indeed.
On hearing that VERA had won the award, we went to the stage and collected a rather magnificent brass plaque.  To say we were thrilled and honoured was an understatement and it took us several hours for the success to sink in!  The award recognises all the hard work that VERA has put in over 25 years for the benefit of Volk’s Electric Railway and the memory of the great man himself, Magnus Volk.
The brass plaque has deep blue enamel with raised lettering.  Seen in a gathering after the awards is, from left to right, Peter Williams, Ian Gledhill, Adrian Richards (holding the plaque), Tim Steven, Maurice Curran and Les Kenward.

Author: Volks